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The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House

by Ben Highmore

eBooks of the Month History The Real World

The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House Synopsis

'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our pasts: even when standardised as a 'Barratt Home' or modern housing estate, every house bears the stamp of the people who live in it, remaining a bastion of quirky individualism. The Great Indoors is the first cultural history of the family home in the twentieth century, comparable to Rachel Hewitt's Map of a Nation or Joe Moran's Queuing for Beginners. As society has changed, so has the house: the hall - which had its finest hour during the middle ages, when families and their servants ate, slept and socialised there together - has now been relegated to a mere passageway, only useful for getting to other (more private) rooms. Highmore shows how houses display the currents of class, identity and social transformation that are displayed in the arrangement and use of the family home. And he also offers an engaging and stimulating peek through the curtains to explain why the fridge is used as a communication centre, how the loo (or toilet) inspired its very own literary genre and what your furniture arrangement reveals about how you function as a family.

The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House Press Reviews

'Fascinating. A joyful portrait of how we live -- in all our eccentric glory. You'll never look at wallpaper in the same way again.' -- Matt Rudd


'The Great Indoors is an entertaining and welcome addition to a neglected field of social history.' -- Susan Flockhart Sunday Herald


'There is a great deal to be enjoyed in this book... a sprightly guide through the vicissitudes of the past 40 years in the British home.' -- Lucy Lethbridge The Observer


'Brilliantly entertaining and rigorously researched book, Highmore explores our recent domestic past and asks what it says about the way we live now.' -- Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday


'Thought-provoking little book.' -- Marcus Berkman Daily Mail


'Entertaining and informative.' -- Alwyn Turner Daily Telegraph


'Good solid stuff.' -- Rebecca Armstrong Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9781846681912
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846681837
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846681912
Publication date: 4th December 2014
Author: Ben Highmore
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,

About Ben Highmore

Ben Highmore is Reader in Media Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of The Everyday Life Reader.

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